fersure, so attached is the fork leg disassembled
what I was trying to say (very poorly re-reading it now lol) was if the inner spring positions are wrong, like long in the upper leg or both in the lower, the main spring and nut will not be able to hold the threads in place.
The upper leg should have the fork bolt, main spring, dampener, and short inner spring in that order. The long inner spring goes in the lower.
All this said, i realize now that using the main spring and bolt is mechanically the same as a long pipe haha, but i guess it’s a nice test that you did it right before fillin it w/ oil